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Water Damage Inside Your Walls from Clogged Gutters in Your Pensacola Residence

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Inside Your Walls from Clogged Gutters in Your Pensacola Residence Clogged gutters can cause water damage inside the walls of your home damaging wooden framing and insulation.

SERVPRO Provides Solutions for Your Water Damaged Walls

Realizing that clogged gutters can create water damage inside your home in Pensacola might not be obvious right away. However, it is a fact. Drainage from your roof can bring water infiltration into your house in various ways. Much water moves through your gutters. Just an inch of rainfall on a typical size roof sends more than six hundred gallons of water into the downspouts and gutters. If anything is obstructing them, it can be a trigger for indoor water damage.

Leaves or other debris are typically the culprits that clog your gutters on your Pensacola home. One way in which clogged gutters bring water damage to the inside of your home is when they spill water down into the exterior wall. Siding is not entirely waterproof and cannot sustain a continuous water cascade. Seepage behind your siding penetrates exterior wood sheathing and gets into the wall spaces in your house which can deteriorate wooden framing and sheathing, saturate interior wallboard, and cause mold to grow inside the walls.

Moisture inside your wall also lessens the effects of your insulation. SERVPRO can assist you in fixing the mess that your gutters have created. We may need to remove the insulation, especially if it has become matted. Fiberglass insulation might not lose its insulating power for good, however. We may be able to dry it out instead.

Rockwool and cellulose insulation usually mat when wet. Plus, moisture affects fire resistance and the antimicrobial qualities of material that is cellulosic. Rockwool contains metal which may rust if it becomes wet. For these reasons, these kinds of insulation may need replacement.

Ventilation is necessary for drying your wall cavities. One way in which SERVPRO's IICRC certified technicians get air circulation inside the walls is to take off baseboards and drill holes between the studs. We then force air through these holes into the spaces to increase evaporation. If we find much moisture, parts of the drywall need to be taken off. We always go over everything with you before we begin any work.

Moisture meters are also used to check for moisture in the walls, and penetrating probes are used in wet areas to see how wet your insulation has gotten.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola are experts at finding and eliminating the water and moisture inside your walls from faulty gutters. If you live in the areas of Sanders Beach, Pensacola, or Goulding and have such a problem, please give us a call right away at (850) 469-1160.

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Higher Risk for Unoccupied Homes to Sustain Fire Damage in Warrington

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Higher Risk for Unoccupied Homes to Sustain Fire Damage in Warrington Appliance fires during or after a storm happen more and more often. Contact SERVPRO after fire damage in your home to quickly start remediation.

Our IICRC Certified SERVPRO Technicians are Able to Deal With Many Types of Damage After a Storm

Many homeowners evacuate before severe tropical storms and hurricanes hit the area around Warrington. These residents may find that their home was involved in a fire during their absence. During such an emergency, damage can affect large areas of the home. Some of these areas may include the exterior of the home, also.
In the area, returning evacuees do not expect to encounter fire damage in Warrington. When a fire does occur, it can increase the problems already associated with destructive weather events. Fires begin relatively easily in zones designated as disaster sites. Fuel stored for grills, camping, boating and other activities can come into contact with downed power lines or sparks from rebuilding endeavors underway nearby. Shorts in the electrical wiring can spray sparks outward, and power surges in your home can make appliances heat up in abnormal ways.
SERVPRO technicians undergo training in restoration procedures specific to fire damage. We have experience in all aspects of restoring homes damaged by fire. Our training also includes the removal of water used by firefighters, or worse, brought in by storms. These are important, too, because haphazard mitigation of these aspects can lead to damage in the future.
When a fire burns inside a home, the by-products of that fire include smoke, soot, and odors. Mixed with water, these become even worse. This is another reason why high humidity and heat can increase the perception of odor in a fire-damaged home for months, or even years, afterward. Restoration of a home includes the removal and replacement of destroyed materials, but also the elimination of odor-causing particles and the smoke and soot that can continue to damage your home and your belongings.
You can rest assured that SERVPRO of West Pensacola's technicians can handle your home's fire damage situation. Restoring your home, so it is “Like it never even happened” remains our goal no matter how badly damaged. Call us at (850) 469-1160 when you need us most.

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Combat Mold Damage Found in Your Perdido Key Area Home the Right Way

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Combat Mold Damage Found in Your Perdido Key Area Home the Right Way No matter how new or modern, your laundry room can harbor mold and facilitate its spread. If you see or smell mold, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Determine the Cause of the Mold Before Starting the Remediation Process

If you have experienced water leaks at any time, discovered musty odors or discolored sections of the walls or ceilings in your Perdido Key home, you may have found the first signs of mold growth that can quickly lead to extensive mold damage if you wait to react.

Ignoring the signs of mold found on your property, allows mold damage in Perdido Key to spread steadily throughout your home. With millions of known mold species in existence, the surest way to control mold growth and treat contaminated areas properly involves hiring a professional.  

Many different areas of your home provide mold with the perfect environment to grow, including your bathroom, laundry room, basement, attic, and crawl spaces. Any area of your home that has excessive moisture or inadequate ventilation can develop mold. Recognizing the early signs of mold growth makes you one of the lucky ones, as most mold situations run rampant without homeowners ever knowing that a problem exists until the damage becomes rather severe.

Frequently checking common areas for excessive moisture can help. However, nothing beats hiring a professional mold remediation company, like SERVPRO, to inspect your property. We can check the floors, walls, ceilings, and other hard to reach areas of your home for telltale signs, use advanced equipment to identify problems, and help you decide which direction to take to protect yourself and your family.

Mold remediation can be a lengthy process and involves several different procedures to control the problem correctly. SERVPRO has fully certified mold remediation specialists that follow strict guidelines to control mold growth found in your home. We use physical methods to transport and dispose of contaminated materials, negative airflow machines and quality containment methods to combat the spread and removal of airborne spores.  

You can have your home inspected for mold growth by calling SERVPRO of West Pensacola today. We provide services to the entire Perdido Key area and deliver IICRC professionals that take pride in helping you return your home to a quality pre-mold damage condition. Call us 24-hours a day, 7-days a week; we are available when you need us. (850) 469-1160

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Water Removal and Your Walls in Your Goulding Home

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal and Your Walls in Your Goulding Home If the walls in your home are damaged by water, call SERVPRO for proper water removal.

Professional services needed for water damaged walls

Water does not mix well with plaster or drywall. If it gets into your walls, it promotes mold growth, causing the framing to split and swell, plus weaken the structural integrity of your home in Goulding. Even if you are only seeing minor bubbling, spots, or peeling, act right away to stop the problem before it gets bigger.

Many people surprisingly only put a DIY patch over drywall with water damage and hope for the best. However, you always need to find the source of the leak in your Goulding home, and the best way to do this is to call for the help of a water removal remediation company, such as SERVPRO. Fixing it correctly the first time saves you money down the road.

No wall in your home is safe from water damage. Drywall is at the risk of weakening or even collapsing. Drywall cannot always be repaired, so it may need replacing. When severe damage has been sustained, the structure around the drywall can also be affected, resulting in more repairs. As soon as you see an issue, do not hesitate to get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO. We move fast to find the issue and repair it to avoid additional damage.

Besides drywall, plaster walls are susceptible to water damage as well. It is not resistant to dampness and is affected easily. It can be easy to replace and remove, fortunately. Keeping a dehumidifier in your home helps to maintain conditions dry and avoid plaster walls from being damaged.

The brickwork of your home also should be checked out when looking for signs of water damage. If it is not sealed correctly, the porous cement used can absorb extra water and start to crumble. If the brickwork of your home has been compromised, our staff must remove the water before we can repair the damage. We ensure your walls are properly dried out before repairing them, so no moisture is trapped inside.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola has the training and experience to properly remove any water in your walls and repair the issues. Residents of Perdido Key, Pensacola, and Goulding can reach us at any time by dialing (850) 469-1160.

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Keeping Fire Damage Away from Your Pensacola Home

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keeping Fire Damage Away from Your Pensacola Home Overloading surge protectors can create risk of starting a house fire.

Preventing Fire Damage in Your Home

Around your Pensacola home may be many fire damage hazards - objects and utilities that, without proper protection, may someday start a fire in your home. While fire detectors, extinguishers, and alarms are essential for fire protection in the home, it is always best to not have to rely on these devices and avoid fire in the first place. These simple upgrades can help make your home a safer, stronger place, and prevent fires.

Surge Protectors

Among the most common origins of fire damage in Pensacola are electronic appliances and devices. When electronics catch fire, they are difficult to put out, as water-based flame retardants are entirely ineffective. Many of the flood damage jobs SERVPRO gets called in for also incorporate some amount of fire restoration, as electronics short circuit and cause fires. The simple way to prevent many of these fires is to install surge protectors, which prevent sudden electrical surges from causing damage to your devices. However, be careful not to buy cheap surge protectors and refrain from overloading them. Otherwise, these safety devices can create an even bigger risk.

Replacing Open-Flame Burners

While burners with open flames are good for atmosphere and some types of cooking, they also present a significant fire hazard. All burners should be treated with extreme caution, as these have an extra potential to cause fires. If your burners are old or otherwise require replacement, consider an option with premium safety features to avoid later troubles.

Overhead Kitchen Sprinklers

Despite being the origin of a huge prevention of residential fires, most American homes still lack any form of a sprinkler system in their kitchen. A solid sprinkler system often makes all the difference in our commercial restorations, and there's no reason why your home cannot receive the same benefits. Sprinklers are typically able to stop fires before they spread beyond their initial bounds - potentially avoiding any damage to the home beyond that one appliance.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola has served local homeowners for years, helping people to get through fire damage even when all seems lost. Call us today at (850) 469-1160.

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Prepare For Floods And Help Protect Your Warrington Home From Water Damage

8/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Prepare For Floods And Help Protect Your Warrington Home From Water Damage Floods are a genuine risk for many of us living here in Florida.

Prepare For Floods

Floods are a genuine risk for many of us living here in Florida. Flash floods are not uncommon, and you might find your home affected by water damage suddenly, with minimal warning. Many homeowners in the area have asked us if there is anything they can do to protect their house from water damage. Although you cannot prevent a flood from happening there are some things SERVPRO recommends you do to minimize the impact if the worst happens.

First, check that your insurance covers flooding. Many people assume their insurance covers their Warrington home for water damage after a flood, but that might not be the case. Many policies do not cover water damage from floods, and it is necessary to take out a separate insurance policy for such an event.

Keep all your important documents such as insurance policies, birth or marriage certificates, and bank papers in a waterproof container near the top of your home. Although SERVPRO has freeze drying technology on hand to help safe waterlogged paper items, we believe that prevention is better than cure.

If you can, elevate your A/C unit, air handler, furnace, electrical control panel and water heater to a high position in your home. Employing someone to move items for you might cost an initial outlay amount, but it is more cost effective than replacing them after a flood.

Check your basement for cracks or weak points, and seal them with hydraulic cement, or mortar and masonry caulk. If your basement leaks regularly it is a good idea to employ a builder to look at it. Install a backflow valve on your sewer or septic tank lines. That way, should a flood occur you do not run the risk of unmentionable waste getting into your home.

Sometimes even if you take the right precautions, floods cause water damage to your home. If that happens, put in a call to SERVPRO right away – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Our experienced team extracts standing water from your home, and then set to work drying it so you can return back to normal as soon as possible. We use air movers and box fans to dry every nook and cranny from under the carpet and behind cabinets to your favorite couch or inside your closet. We also have dehumidifiers on hand to speed the drying process, and state of the art tools to monitor every step and ensure we reach our drying goal.

For help with cleanup after water gets into your home, call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 today.

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Restaurant Mold Damage Remediation In Perdido Key

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restaurant Mold Damage Remediation In Perdido Key Microbial growth in any restaurant causes concern for both your employees and customers.

Mold Damage Remediation

Microbial growth in any workplace causes concern for both your employees and customers. When mold takes hold in a restaurant everyone’s anxiety goes up a notch, and a swift remediation needs to take place. SERVPRO has the specialized equipment and trained technicians to abate almost any mold problem.

Special local and state rules on mold damage get your attention when colonies arise in your Perdido Key oyster shack and grill. Your staff worries about possible health issues and no one wants to eat in a restaurant that hosts mold as well as diners. We understand that closing your business for even a few days means possible financial ruin and the loss of long time fans of your fare. Rely on us to clear out the current mold growth safely and help you plan to avoid similar problems in the future.

The Northern Gulf Coast is hot and humid. Add in the inevitable cooking steam created in a popular seaside dining destination and mold has all its needs met for multiplication. SERVPRO uses Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols to remediate mold and takes the time to educate commercial clients on strategies to minimize mold growth in the future.

SERVPRO crew members contain the moldy area using heavy duty plastic sheeting and often adding an air scrubber. The air scrubber uses negative pressure to keep particulate matter from drifting into other areas of your restaurant as we clean up. We make every effort to permit the rest of your business to remain open while we prepare for and complete removal of the moldy material. The fungi and any porous surfaces it infiltrates are bagged within the containment area and properly discarded.

The next step is sanitization with professional antimicrobials targeted to stop mold growth. Finally, we determine the source of moisture that fuels the mold proliferation. Chances are good it is high humidity, so we counsel the consistent use of industrial strength exhaust fans. SERVPRO inspectors also seek roof or plumbing leaks and see that they are fixed to prevent water incursion.

Count on SERVPRO of West Pensacola to have the solution for mold damage in your restaurant. Set up an appointment for a speedy evaluation and plan creation by calling our dispatch staff at (850) 469-1160.

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Flood Damage Inside a Pensacola Home can be Mitigated, Making Restoration Complete

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Inside a Pensacola Home can be Mitigated, Making Restoration Complete SERVPRO can help homeowners coping with the aftermath of flood damage brought on by storms in the area.

Trust The SERVPRO Professionals To Help You During Your Time of Need

Flooding can happen because of super-heavy rains, especially when changes in the terrain exist because of recent construction in the area. Rushing over the surface, rain water absorbs whatever is small enough to be picked up and whisked along with it as it travels. When this type of water overtakes your home, it brings with it a multitude of hazards that must be eliminated to restore safe living conditions.

Pensacola homeowners whose homes sustain flood damage soon realize that cleaning up after a disaster like this entails much more than the typical do-it-yourself project requires. Not only does flooding affect a home's structure and contents, but the changes brought on by a flood include those affecting the quality of the air inside the home.

Flood damage can include the following problems for homeowners:

- deposits remaining afterward can contain deadly pathogens,

- dampness can allow microbes to grow prolifically in all areas of a home,

- structural weaknesses can develop or become more pronounced,

- peeling paint and disintegrating materials can pose choking hazards to toddlers,

- carpeting and other flooring can become so damaged they require replacement,

- moisture levels in the air can affect unflooded areas in the home similarly to flooded ones, and

- all food items that came in contact with floodwaters must be disposed of because the risk to health is extremely high.

SERVPRO can help homeowners coping with the aftermath of flood damage brought on by storms in the area. Being a locally owned and operated company provides us with the insight into the weather our normally sunny state experiences. Coupled with our certifications from the IICRC, we know how to effectively mitigate the weather-related damage homes and businesses experience. We want to make it “Like it never even happened” by restoring your home's appearance and structural soundness while we ensure elimination of any pathogens or other hazards to health.

Part of our job is to make sure that humidity levels are completely re-established as they should be and that preventative methods are carried out to keep future issues regarding mold and mildew minimized as much as possible. Helping with listing all damaged items that require disposal on an inventory sheet can assist you with your insurance claim, increasing the likelihood of a faster claims process. These are only two of the many ways SERVPRO employees help homeowners recover faster from any disaster.

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SERVPRO of West Pensacola is nearby and ready to assist you at any time, with flood damage or any other kind of catastrophe. Call us, any hour, day or night, at (850) 469-1160.

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What Has To Go When Mold Grows in Warrington

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Has To Go When Mold Grows in Warrington Mold can spread very quickly. Contact SERVPRO at the first sign for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow Proven Protocols When Dealing with a Mold Infestation

Trying to manage a moldy situation on your own usually is not a smart decision. Even though the area affected seems small, know that the microbial infestation may spread if cleaned up improperly. Mold growth also needs no light to thrive, so it commonly hides in hard to access areas, showing just a portion of a larger outbreak. SERVPRO offers expert mold remediation services and educates homeowners on life after mold abatement.
The hot, humid climate creates conditions supportive of mold damage in many Warrington residences. An air conditioning glitch or poorly operating dehumidifier that allows the ambient humidity inside your house to exceed 60 percent for even one or two days gives microbial growth a boost. Our mold remediation team deals with your current outbreak and gives solid advice on retention of personal belongings afflicted with mold.
Homeowners who try to make decisions on which items are salvageable when infected with mold need information. This is particularly important if they have emotional attachments to damaged articles. SERVPRO technicians help evaluate which of your belongings are likely to respond well to disinfection and which, sadly, may never be rendered mold-free. Non-porous items release mold involvement well if properly cleaned and treated with a professional antimicrobial. Minimally affected fabrics often launder or dry clean well. Having our crews handle the materials, wearing personal protective gear, keeps you and your family safe from untreated mold.
SERVPRO technicians offer advice throughout the process, and we also work with your insurance to attempt to limit your out of pocket costs. The longer the mold attached to an object and the harder it is to dry it out, the less sensible it is to keep it. Realizing that moldy items continue to shed spores make hard decisions easier. Irreplaceable mementos made of paper may be restored using a freeze-drying process, but the technique primarily removes water, not active mold colonies.
We follow the EPA protocol when remediating mold. We contain, remove, and discard the mold colonies and items contaminated beyond salvaging. Sanitizing the areas affected is the next step. The remediation requires the elimination of the moisture source as well as clean up. When excessive humidity is the culprit, tuning up dehumidifiers and properly sizing AC units, along with the use of exhaust fan and other ventilation strategies, goes a long way toward reducing moisture -- mold’s accelerant.
Call (850) 469-1160 to arrange for a mold remediation consultation. SERVPRO of West Pensacola has the trained technicians and products to get your mold issues under control.

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SERVPRO - Myrtle Grove Fire Damage

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO - Myrtle Grove Fire Damage The primary types of fire damage to a Myrtle Grove home are from the smoke, soot, and odors left behind after a fire.

SERVPRO Has the Tools to Make Your Fire Damage "Like it Never Even Happened"

Unless a home is caught up in a wildfire from a nearby National Park, most of the damage it suffers can be cleaned using the proper tools. When combined with the cleaning agent appropriate to the type of odor or another residue, the amount of money spent on replacement decreases substantially.

The primary types of fire damage to a Myrtle Grove home are from the smoke, soot, and odors left behind after a fire. To clean and remove them, SERVPRO keeps an up-to-date inventory of the equipment best suited for each level of damage and type of residue. These listed below are just a few of what we have available.

Ozone Generators – These machines put out a series of oxygen molecules that alter airborne, odor-causing molecules. When they meet, oxidation occurs which removes the odor.
Technicians use these machines when an odor is very pungent. Ozone is a powerful gas, so before we begin the treatment, it is necessary to remove all family pets and any item that contains natural rubber. Once we complete the procedure, ozone returns to a normal, oxygen molecule with no residue left.

Pressure Sprayers – These electrically powered devices spray deodorizing agents and other chemical cleaners. With a rate of 50 psi, they are handy for carpets and fabrics coated with heavy soot and smoke residues, as well as structural property that has absorbed a lot of them.

Injectors – These handheld devices use large needles attached to a pump to inject deodorizers into a stain on upholstery and carpets. We prefer this method when possible, as it prevents sending out furniture to be cleaned by other methods and having to lift the carpet to attempt to clean it. Injection of cleaners and deodorizers is much more cost-efficient.

Ventilation Fans – These industrial-sized, box fans serve a dual purpose. In addition to blowing out contaminated air, the high-velocity of the air movement (3000 to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute) is excellent for bringing in outside air to dry property that became soaked from the efforts of the fire department and a home sprinkler system.

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Once we are on the job, the desire of SERVPRO of West Pensacola is to put you back into your home as quickly and safely as possible. Restoration is not a quick process, but we are with you at every step, explaining what we are doing and putting it all back together. If you need our help, call us today at (850) 469-1160.

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